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Yale Professor in the Practice of Green Chemistry to Speak

Sep 11, 2009
Dr. Paul T. Anastas will be the featured guest speaker during the 2009 Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences in Ohio Northern University's Freed Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5.

Anastas' topic will be "Green Chemistry, From Here to Sustainability."

Anastas is professor in the practice of green chemistry in Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering. He also serves as the director of Yale's Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.

From 2004-06, Anastas served as director of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He also served as the assistant director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Anastas is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the Environmental Protection Agency as the chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and director of the U.S. Green Chemistry program.

Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability, such as the books "Benign by Design," "Designing Safer Polymers," "Green Engineering," and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, "Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice."

Anastas received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University where he trained as a synthetic organic chemist.

Named in honor of professor Terry D. Keiser, the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences brings nationally prominent life sciences scholars to Ohio Northern's campus for one week each year to lecture and interact with students.

This event is free and open to the public.
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